Pipiwai Trail
Pipiwai Trail
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A scenic hiking and horseback riding trail that features major waterfalls, beautiful pools and an eerie bamboo forest.
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  • Cliff B
    Liberty, Missouri7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Banyan+Bamboo+Waterfall = Excellent Hike
    We hiked around a giant Banyan tree, through a Bamboo forest and ended at the giant Waimoku waterfall. If you enjoy an uphill hike with some challenging sections for the over 50 crowd then this is a great hike to take. We were closer to 3 hours. We enjoyed all there was to see on the way up. We concluded our hike with the falls of the O'heo Gulch that are found just below the trail.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2023
  • Winning1
    Seattle, Washington101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth driving the Road to Hana just to see this!!
    I drove the road to Hana just to do this hike and it was worth it. Seeing some small waterfalls and walking through the bamboo forest before the big waterfall at the top was awesome. It was cloudy and so the trail was shaded most of the way which helped. The rangers at the rangers station were nice and friendly. Overall would return here. Last year when I arrived they closed the gate at 5pm but one of the rangers told me they don’t close the gates anymore - confirm yourself!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 21, 2023
  • elizabeth e
    Toronto, Canada39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For the casual hiker and adventurer
    One of the highlights of our trip. It’s a trek, so bring water and good shoes and you get to the The waterfall at the enddddd. We went at the end of the day so it wasn’t as scorching hot and not as busy, but we got caught driving the back side of the volcano in the dark so be mindful of time. If you do the sunrise/sunset at Haleakala, your park ticket will work here within a certain timeframe.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2023
  • John B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    The hike is elevated with lots of rocks and tree roots. Make sure you wear good shoes that will get wet and muddy. The 400 ft waterfall at the end makes it worth the effort.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Journey811826
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to see the diversity of the island
    We drove straight through to the trail without stopping so we arrived around 9 a.m. It was a perfect start time. The trail wasn't too hard but does have a lot of roots, rocks and steps. Going through the bamboo forest was my kids' favorite part of this experience and we loved listening to the sounds of the bamboo in the wind. The waterfall at the end was pretty, but far away. We love hiking, so anything with new things to see excites us! We did this with 2 ten-year-olds. Wear sturdy shoes!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • mnnofziger
    Nashville, Tennessee448 contributions
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    Spectacular!
    So glad I did this hike! There were times I wondered if it was worth it. Come to find out, it absolutely was! The trail takes you through rocky climbs and a cool bamboo forest, what’s not to love! You finally rive at a nice waterfall view. Take time to look around, cool down, and then head all the way back down to where you began. A real journey!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Rajesh P
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pipiwai trail is a must for anyone doing road to Hana trip
    Bamboo forest was the highlight of our trip. Truly mesmerizing. Pay attention to the clattering sound of bamboo. So soothing and meditative. The falls and excellent weather with brilliant blue skies were a bonus
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 22, 2024
  • 2TropicsTravelers
    Orlando, Florida47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute must-do on a visit to the Hana area
    This is a beautiful trail, and a must-do on any visit to the Hana area. The trail is well maintained, but with many trails, wear good shoes and be mindful where you step. It has an incline but I would say it is moderate difficulty at best. Much of the trail was quite damp when we were there, but the payoff was the waterfalls were cascading and full. The banyan tree is impressive and the bamboo is tranquil and serene. It is a popular trail so I would definitely get there early in the morning to enjoy it to its fullest.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 20, 2024
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Morgan I
Olathe, KS145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
It was pouring rain on the day we took the Road to Hana, and we almost skipped this stop... we were glad we didn’t! The Pipiwai Trail was a tough, yet incredible hike about 4 miles roundtrip. You get to see multiple waterfalls (the largest one on the Road to Hana!), as well as go though a bamboo forest. We weren’t able to swim or see the pools because it was raining so hard, but it was still incredible. If it’s raining, this hike is MUDDY. Plan on being disgusting, and wear tennis shoes that you do not care about. This is the last stop on the Road to Hana, so make sure you’ve allotted plenty of time to hike AND to get home (it’ll take you another 2 hours to drive back, and it’s not fun to do in the dark). State park admission costs $30, but if you do this and the Haleakala Summit within the same 3-day period, you only have to pay the admission fee once (just keep your receipt)!
Written January 19, 2020
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Clifftonite
Oakland, CA158 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Well first thing I noticed was that this place is hella far from Kihei and I wasn't about to drive all the way around through the road to Hana or what not.

It doesn't seem that far but it's far. If you go along the the up near the airport and "south-ish" way to the falls and trail, it'll take you about 3 hours.

If you go early enough there's no one on the roads during the pandemic. You'll see some cool stuff along the way, goats, lots of them and there's also a lot of dirt roads and old canyons that look like they had water flowing through them at on time or another. Also, there's this awesome museum on the way up. I call it the abandoned car museum. It's not official, but there were so many of them on the way up there.

The hike itself isn't too bad, it's not strenuous or anything, but after eating nothing but hawaiian food and drinking, it'll take a minute to get into stride. Do bring mosquito repellent though, I got bit while going up there.

On the way up to the bamboo forest is pretty awesome, it was weird how there looks to be normal shrubbery, but then all of a sudden the bamboo forest hits and you can hear the trunks hitting themselves in the wind. It almost sounds like a wood wind chime, a natural one. The waterfall at the end, imo, isn't all that. Since people are stupid and probably have gotten hurt there, you aren't allowed to go into the waterfall area, but I did hear some people yelling and screaming there, so I'm guessing some people are willing to pay for the fine. It takes about an hour and some change to get to the end and the trek back is pretty doable since it's mostly down hill.

EDIT: if anyone finds a nike hat, lemme know, I dropped mine somewhere on the trail as I was running down
Written November 9, 2020
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Belinda E
Brisbane, Australia457 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We are keen hikers and have probably been spoiled on some amazing paths around the world. This one is a nice walk but we found it underwhelming and I don't see the 5 star ratings (especially with the waterfall essentially closed to most travellers).

It was a little more difficult than expected mainly as parts of it are quite slippery after rain and it was definitely more time consuming than expected as you had to take it slow in places. Take water if you go as it gets fairly hot. The pass that you need to park here is the same as for Haleakala (in our case we'd purchased a Tri Park pass from Volcano National Park on the Big Island). If you haven't already purchased one it will be $30.

The walk as a whole is quite pretty with a lovely bamboo forest part. It's a popular walk to a waterfall however they are now actively discouraging people from actually continuing on to the waterfall at the end. They have removed signage and the official word on it at the moment is "well we can't stop you but we don't encourage people to do it".

So while I understand what they are doing with visitor numbers it does bring up a question as to how to rate this hike. The hike WITHOUT the waterfall is probably only 3 stars. It's pretty and the bamboo part is really lovely. Some nice scenery but ultimately a hike that is hot and sweaty without really any "high point". WITH the waterfall it's probably a 4 star.

If you want to get to the waterfall at this point, you can still do it BUT you have to take your shoes off and make your way over the rocks upstream to the left. Quite a few people had trudged through the water so that they could get photos under the waterfall but, due to the lack of signage, many others just headed back once they got to the rocks.
Written October 19, 2022
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By the beach
Ocean City, NJ541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
My wife and I were very lucky to be able to make the Road to Hana before everything was closed due to Coronavirus. This allowed us to make the hike up the Pīpīwai Trail and see the Bamboo Forest and Waimoku Falls. The trail is a full 4 miles round trip. The payoff are the falls at the end. There are a number of scenic views that make this trek worth the effort. I would recommend this only if you are in shape as there is a lot of uphill hiking and many uneven steps. I would not recommend going if you bring young children who need to be carried. The hike is tough enough and I can’t see a parent making it up carrying a child (unless very young). Either way I suggest taking your time, take breaks when needed, and know that there are flat spots where you can catch your breath while you walk.
Written March 25, 2020
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EduProf
East Lansing, MI7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We came via the unpaved highway (the one your car rental company tells you not to take), from the southwest, to the national park. As natl parks go, this one was lightly furnished...bring your own snacks, though you can buy bottled water at the entry point. Guide books and reviews said it was muddy. Every single step was a choice between stepping ON mud and stepping IN mud (up to a couple inches). The entire way. Every step. Wear shoes you can clean off. But oh! The trail is worth the mud! Bamboo forest. Waterfalls. Birds. Flowers. Amazing.
Written March 15, 2020
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GeeQue
33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
First-timer so I was not prepared for what was ahead! I had seen videos of the area and was excited to see everything but...this is not a simple walk in the woods! It's 2 miles up the side of a mtn thru constant mud and over very rough trails (if you can call them that). They have built a boardwalk system and are continuing to build over portions of the trail so that helps. But yes...the Banyan tree is awesome, the bamboo jungle is huge and the falls are spectacular. Just be ready for rugged and wear sensible shoes. Take water. Will take you several hours.
Written March 4, 2020
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Ryan
Charlotte, NC576 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
If you visit Maui and don’t go on this very doable hike, then you haven’t truly experienced the essence of Maui. Yes, Maui has incredible beaches, water activities, sunsets, and Haleakala sunrises, but the Pīpīwai Trail takes the cake. Stay overnight in Hana and go first thing in the morning to avoid crowds and heat. You’ll have the place almost to yourself. A portion of the trail is a little buggy, so bring some spray.

There’s so many photo ops and sights along the way, but there’s 2 ways to make this hike even better and both involve going a little off the trail. First, go straight passed the warning signs and hike all the way right up to the base of the 400 foot waterfall, BUT only if you pay attention to the weather and make sure there’s no rain elsewhere on the island that could result in any flash flooding. It’s an experience unlike any other... standing in the bolder-strewn pool at the bottom looking up at the massive sheer lava rock wall and being able to experience the crashing water is other worldly.

The second fun detour involves going off the trail 1.2 miles into the hike (measured from the parking lot). Look for one of the larger trees with white markings on it (see pictures). To the right of it is a slope going down maybe 40 or 50 feet leading out to the stream and pools where you can boulder hop and explore an area where the stream starts to rage forward a bit. It’s exhilarating. I wouldn’t recommend this for younger children or the elderly because sure footing and good balance is needed.

Finally, save the Seven Sacred Pools experience for at the end of your hike so you can relax and admire the view. Maybe pack a lunch and have a picnic. And above all, be safe while still being adventurous!
Written July 18, 2020
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Joe P
Estes Park, CO303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
This is a great hike with lots to see along the way. But plan ahead and go early if you can. Yes, it was February, and I don’t know if that’s why I had no mosquitos. But with an early start I had the falls entirely to myself. l was staying in Hana, and although it was only 10 miles, it took me 40 minutes to get to the parking area at the Kipahulu Visitor Center due to the nature of that part of the road to Hans. I was on the trail by 7:30am and the first people I saw was on the way back down. There is a great overlook of Makahiku Falls 1/2 mile in, but the real attraction before the falls themselves is the bamboo forest. I stopped along the boardwalk that the National Park service built in this area and recorded video of the bamboo, just to get the sounds of the wind playing in the bamboo. This section seemed to go on forever. You finally see the falls between the lush foliage and cross a stream to get to the closest view the Park recommends. You will see the sign warning you about going closer. In fact, any closer makes it hard to get all of the falls in a picture. The trail does have a lot of areas of exposed roots that demand your attention. There were several areas of hard packed mud that could be slippery if you weren’t careful. Only one area had mucky mud that had me stepping on rocks and branches and trying to get around. This is a 4.0 mile round trip hike up a mountainside. It’s not steep, or particularly strenuous. I stopped frequently to take pictures. I’m over 70 years old with a bad back. I completed the hike in 2 1/2 hours. Enjoy !!!

Written March 6, 2020
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SMO2015
Canada1,875 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
My husband and I took the road to Hana and beyond to access this trail from the alternate point of entry into Haleakala Park specifically to hike this trail. An out and back easy trail that winds you through the fragrance of ripe mangos to a massive banyan tree, through the bamboo forests, and finally to an immense waterfall. To get to this last highlight, some traversing rocks and water obstacles is required, and with the popularity of the trail, can get congested but is worth the trek.
Written February 8, 2020
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Chris C
Avon Lake, OH16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a great trail but I recommend doing it earlier in the day when it's cooler. A lot is shaded but it takes a few hours up and back. We ran out of time so only made it to the first waterfall and the bamboo forest (which is super cool). Highly recommend this hike. If I go back I would take my time seeing the sites on the Road to Hana, stay overnight in Hana, do the trail the next morning and then drive back. There is a lot to see...lots of waterfalls!
Written January 30, 2020
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